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Saxophone fingering chart

Using the Saxophone Fingering Chart

We chose to make this saxophone fingering chart available both as a free video tutorial and a downloadable PDF simply because it's way easier to start with seeing and hearing how each saxophone note sounds before having to focus on what's written on a piece of paper (or in a PDF-file).

So.. in order to provide you with what you need to get started playing notes on the saxophone we recommend that you start with looking through the videos. In fact, you should start with the video about how to finger B on the saxophone as it's one of the easiest notes to hit as a beginner on the saxophone.

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  1. Pick up your saxophone
  2. Look at the videos below
  3. Play along on your sax

Mid-range notes on the saxophone

These notes are a great starting point for saxophone beginners. You only use a few fingers and can focus on producing the sound. In these examples you hear the notes being played on an Alto saxophone. However, the fingerings are exaclty the same on tenor sax, soprano sax and bari sax too. The sound will however be different as those horns have a different size and sound.

Low-range notes on the saxophone

These notes are a great starting point for saxophone beginners. You only use a few fingers and can focus on producing the sound. In these examples you hear the notes being played on an Alto saxophone. However, the fingerings are exaclty the same on tenor sax, soprano sax and bari sax too. The sound will however be different as those horns have a different size and sound.

High-range notes on the saxophone

These notes are a great starting point for saxophone beginners. You only use a few fingers and can focus on producing the sound. In these examples you hear the notes being played on an Alto saxophone. However, the fingerings are exaclty the same on tenor sax, soprano sax and bari sax too. The sound will however be different as those horns have a different size and sound.

How to hold the saxophone

You need to use a neckstrap in combination with your thumbs in order to balance and secure a good grip on your saxophone. Start by adjusting your neckstrap so that the saxophone mouthpiece line up with your mouth. You should not have to bend forward or have your head angled up (or down) in order to play notes on the sax.

If you are standing up your posture should be with a straight back and either align the saxophone infront of you or slightly to your right side in order to gain more support from your hip.

If you are sitting down you can either place the saxophone directly infront of you between your legs or over to your right side (recommended for children) in order to adjust and find the sweet spot to get the mouthpiece to line up.

Please note that you may have to adjust the angle of the mouthpiece in order to keep your head straight instead of tilting over to the left or the right. Take some time to make these adjustments as it will greatly impact your ability to use the saxophone fingering chart as well as producing the actual saxophone sound.

Basic principles for fingering notes on saxophone

You place your left hand on the upper part of the saxophone body and your right hand on the lower part of the saxophone. Place both thumbs on the back of the saxophone, where you can see a thumb rest for the left as well as the right thumb.

As you palm your hands around the saxophone, you will find that there's a key for each of your remaining fingers. You place your index finger, middle finger, ring finger and pinky finger on both hands gently on the keys on the front of the sax without pushing them down. 

In order to play notes on the saxophone, you push down different combinations of fingers and keys which you learn more about in the step-by-step videos on saxophone fingerings on this page.

Ranging from the lowest note all the way up to the highest note on the horn.

These are some of the most important basics that you need to learn in order to start playing songs on the sax as well as being able to develop your saxophone sound. Building a good foundation for both fingering technique and understanding of how the saxophone works will make your saxophone journey way more fun as you progress and improve your playing.

Saxophone
Fingering Chart

This saxophone fingering chart will get you started playing the saxophone in no time. You simply have to follow along in the videos. And you can see exactly how to finger each note on the sax. There is also a PDF download with the actual fingering chart, available for reference.

Feel free to download and use the fingering chart for reference when you practice the saxophone. At the same time you'll get added on our email list and we will send you more tips on how to become a better saxophone player over time. Enjoy!

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